Latest Rhode Island News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 29, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Man convicted of possessing gun that injured juvenile

Jun. 29, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island resident previously convicted of bank robbery pleaded guilty Wednesday to being in possession of a gun that a juvenile used to accidentally shoot himself in the knee, federal prosecutors said. Branden Eddie Smith, 37, was prohibited by law...

Chief: Officer hit woman at abortion rally, should be fired

Jun. 29, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

The chief of police in Rhode Island's capital has recommended that a city officer charged with assaulting a woman during an abortion-rights protest should lose his job. Patrolman Jeann Lugo's “disturbing, egregious, assaultive and unprofessional behavior while off duty, has brought...

Rhode Island sets ambitious target for 100% renewable energy

Jun. 29, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy. The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is...

Man who hid drugs in child's backpack gets 7-year sentence

Jun. 28, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who stored more than 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine or fentanyl in a child’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack in the Rhode Island apartment he shared with his three children has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison,...

Man who had cache of weapons at home now faces state charges

Jun. 27, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man already facing federal charges in connection with an arsenal of more than 200 guns found at his home now also faces several state charges, state Attorney General Peter Neronha said Monday. Ronald Andruchuk, 38, of Burrillville, faces state...

Ringleader of check fraud scheme gets 5 years in prison

Jun. 27, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ringleader of a plot that defrauded multiple Rhode Island banks out of tens of thousands of dollars through a counterfeit check scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday. Terrance Richardson, 30, of Providence,...

Off-duty officer charged with assault at abortion protest

Jun. 26, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty has now been charged in connection with Friday's demonstration at the State House. In a Saturday evening news release, state police said Providence...

Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest

Jun. 25, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer accused of punching a woman at an abortion protest while he was off-duty was suspended from his job with pay Saturday while the Providence Police Department conducts a criminal investigation into his actions. Jennifer Rourke,...

Rhode Island lawmakers pass budget and adjourn for the year

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers passed a flurry of major bills before the legislative session ended Friday, including the state budget and legislation to provide driver privilege cards to people who are in the country illegally. The General Assembly adjourned early...